President Trump named three new federal appeals court nominees on Thursday.
Trump tapped deputy counsel to the president Greg Katsas to serve on the D.C. Court of Appeals, Oregon U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds to join the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Elizabeth Branch to join the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Katsas, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and partner at the global law firm Jones Day, won immediate praise from the conservative legal community.
"I have known Greg Katsas for nearly 30 years and he is among the most honest, fair, humble and intelligent people I have ever met," said Leonard Leo, Supreme Court adviser to Trump and Federalist Society executive vice president, in a statement.
"He understands the awesome responsibility associated with wearing a judicial robe and I have no doubt that he will always place the search for truth, fairness and justice first."
Trump also named 13 other individuals to federal judgeships on lower courts in Alabama, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, and Texas.